Del Mar College Addresses Student Housing and Annual Budget During Regents Meeting

The Del Mar College Board of Regents met on Friday at their regularly scheduled meeting and their packed agenda addressed two major areas of focus including the addition of student housing and the campus’ 2020 budget which is due by the end of the month. 

In a presentation to the Board of Regents, Dr. Rito Silva, Vice President of Student Affairs at Del Mar College laid out an explanation as to why exactly student housing is in fact needed at the school. In the presentation, Dr. Silva noted that as of Fall 2018, Del Mar College had over 2,200 students living outside of Nueces County, which for some could be a barrier to entry into one of the college’s programs. 

The largest number of out of county students comes from the nearby growth hotspot of San Patricio County. They provide some 1,400 students to the college, according to the report. Aransas County comes in a distance second  with just over 200 students enrolled at Del Mar during last year’s Fall term. 

In the multimillion dollar proposed plan Dr. Silva notes that options for student housing could range from DMC installing housing on campus to some sort of partnership between an investor and the college. 

The business of the day then turned to the college's budget for 2020 which included moderate pay raises for faculty and greater spending on vocational programs administered by the college. 

Del Mar saw a significant increase in revenue this cycle, largely coming from property taxes and new construction. Between the increase in revenue from tuition, state funding and tax generation Del Mar was able to build in a more than 3% compensation package increase for both exempt and nonexempt employees. 

The newly proposed budget also includes a substantial increase in spending for vocational programs, which are a significant student draw to the college. During the meeting on Friday, most Regents seemed to be in agreement that greater spending at the college level for vocational training accomplishes the mission and purpose of colleges like Del Mar. 

As required by law, two public meetings will be held on the proposed budget, which will be held at the college in the coming weeks. Final approval must be completed by August 30. 


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